Updated: Sep 18
Welcome to the Sewing My Style Bra-Making Mondays, a bra sew-along for the Black Beauty Bra from Emerald Erin Sews. You are in for a treat and we plan to have fun and make the most gratifying garment you have ever made: a bra.
Bra Making Mondays is scheduled for 4 weeks of bra-making in community with others, casual, private and fun every Monday evening beginning October 5 at 7pm US Eastern Standard Time. We provide a safe environment, full of nurturing body positivity while you learn in community with others. Registration is $225 per person - the session includes Emerald Erin's Black Beauty Pattern and one Colorful Findings Kit for your 2nd bra. You will order the pattern from Emerald Erin and purchase fabric bra kits just for the Black Beauty Bra Gigi's Bra Supply as well as your underwire kits. Upon registration, you will be invited to our prep session "Bra Talk" to learn about sizing and fit as well as other resources to begin your bra-making journey.
Below are a few suggestions to enhance your experience in the Zoom Sewing Room.
Ensure the Zoom app is on your phone or whatever device you will be using. It would also be a good idea to make sure your camera can be flexible enough for the instructors to see your table and/or sewing machine area to be able to help you.
When your registration is complete, order the Black Beauty Pattern right away (using the complimentary code received after registration) automatically downloaded for you to review.
Gigi's Bra Supply has put together a collection of kits just for our class and has same day/next mail out. Click here to see all the yummy fabric choices you can make. A bra kit includes all fabrics for cups and band, elastics, rings/sliders and hook/eye closures...sometimes enough to make two bras. A 2nd findings kit from Colorful Findings will come with the session.
NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED A PRETTY KIT TO MAKE YOUR FIRST BRA, JUST FINISHING ITEMS ELASTICS, HOOK/EYE CLOSURE AND POWER NET (STRETCH). YOU CAN USE ANY COTTON FABRIC TO START, ALONG WITH STRETCH POWER NET FOR THE BACK.
Underwires are added separately, or not at all in case you're not sure of your wire size. If you are confident to begin with your current ready-to-wear bra size, including using an underwire from an old bra, feel free to order wires with your kit. If you want to begin with new measurements, do not guess at underwire size, so we can help you with new measurements during Bra Talk. Gigi's has underwire size kits to order with free shipping when you order a bra kit - the underwire kit comes in 3 different size underwires so you can determine most accurate fit.
You will receive a free-shipping coupon in your bra kit if you order underwires later.
This is a sew-along style program where everyone is sewing and making bras, so bring your excitement and questions for the experts and other bra-makers and have some fun!
Below are next steps along with the partner resources for your bra-making convenience, feel free to respond with questions. We are available anytime to help you get started.
Purchase your kits and underwires from our Bra Making Mondays Collection
Thank you and see you soon!
Nikki @sewingmystyle DeWahn @sewdd1104
BRA-MAKING MONDAYS SCHEDULE
Bra Talk LIVE! Get to know us and ask questions about Bra Making Wednesday September 16 7pm
Monday - October 5 7pm
Anatomy of a Bra - Fabrics, Elastics, Findings
Getting to know the Bra Kit
Sizing & Fit - Band/Underwires
Monday October 12 - 7pm
Monday October 19 - 7pm
Demo inserting underwire channeling
Elastics and Closures
Monday October 26 - 7pm
Discuss resolving fit issues from first make
Show how to make some common corrections.
Begin 2nd bra
Sew Sassy - bra, lingerie, swimwear supplies (clear elastic)
Surge Fabric Shop
As an 8-year-old child at my grandmother’s knee, I begged her to teach me to sew on her broken machine. My grandmother’s spirit of determination was not going to stop her from teaching me this valuable craft. One hot summer day, she gathered me, some scrap fabric and her sewing kit and taught me how to make my first garment…by hand. Without the use of a machine, I cut and created about 10 halter tops and was the most fashionable little girl on the block. After my halter top creation, I spent years dismantling and upcycling old clothes, creating styles for school. I got my first sewing machine at 12 years old and I’ve been sewing ever since.
I followed my dreams and spent 30 years in the fashion industry in retail, merchandising and sales. I have been taught by some of the top designers in the industry and I want to share what I have learned over the decades with you. Consider this your invitation into the community that was built for you!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to sew - as a child I remember playing dress up with my dolls creating many outfits for them.
In the 24 years that followed my sewing pursuits have included many aspects of garment making but my primary focus and passion is lingerie, jeans, jumpsuits, bags, and jackets/coat making. My bra making journey began 10+ years ago when I took a class sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the ASG. After a day and a half of class instruction, I completed my very own bra. It fit and an entire new world began!!! I really enjoy making custom bra and panty sets, the options are endless.
I am a member of Black Women Stitch and is passionate about educating women about how to make their own bras. I recently spoke on the "Yes YOU Can Make a Bra" episode of the Stitch Please Podcast
NOAMI P. JOHNSON
Naomi’s godmother, a multimedia artist, taught her to sew handmade dolls as a young girl at summer camp. Her godmother gifted a sewing machine for her 30th birthday. For a couple of years, it sat unopened until one day when she stumbled across sewing tutorials on YouTube.
Naomi is a mom always and a teacher by day. She has an after-school sewing club at the elementary school where she works. She teaches garment making and leads A weekly “Sewcial Club” and summer camp at an independent fabric shop in the DC Metropolitan Area.
Cultivating the local sewing community is a passion. Together with two DC Area fabric stores, Naomi hosted the 1st wildly successful DC Frocktails party, celebrating DC Area makers and sewists.
Strict adherence to the DC Stay-at-Home order presented an opportunity for Naomi to try lingerie sewing under the guidance of fellow Black Women Stitch member and Great Sewing Bee panelist DeWahn Coburn. She made her first bra and was instantly hooked!